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Capitalism at War

Capitalism at War

60/2011 Mark Harrison
working papers,economic history
The Cambridge History of Capitalism
http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781139095105.011

60/2011 Mark Harrison

The nineteenth century witnessed the triumph of capitalism; the twentieth century saw the bloodiest wars in history. Is there a connection? The paper reviews the literature and evidence. It considers first whether capitalism has lowered the cost of war; then, whether capitalism has shown a preference for war. Both questions are considered comparatively. Neither question receives a clear cut answer, but to simplify: Yes; No.

Economic History

The Cambridge History of Capitalism

http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CHO9781139095105.011